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Mood of the Boardroom: Grant Robertson’s Future of Work
Posted on 27-Sep-2016 17:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Sixty-nine chief executives responded to an open-ended question as to what they would like to see on the Labour Shadow Finance Minister’s policy agenda. “Continue to constrain public expenditure to core and effective services,” advised Unitec CRO Rick Ede. “Reset taxation and investment incentives to favour productive investment instead of property investment. “Continue the investment […] Comments (Comments)

Technology, for better or worse, top of mind with NZ bosses
Posted on 27-Sep-2016 14:11Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This year’s New Zealand Herald Mood of the Boardroom survey shows technology dominates business leaders’ thinking. When asked “what factors will have the most impact on business over the next five years, two-thirds of bosses nominated technological advances. Nothing else came even close. You can interpret the question as good or bad depending on whether […] Comments (Comments)

Telstra partners with Microsoft to deliver enterprise voice services for Office 365
Posted on 26-Sep-2016 20:58Tags News, SaaS

Skype for Business, Microsoft's meetings and voice communications offering delivered in Office 365 will be paired with Telstra provided managed voice services and network assessments to deliver a comprehensive productivity and collaboration solution. Comments (Comments)

Trans-Tasman cable ready for service in January
Posted on 26-Sep-2016 15:43Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark says the Tasman Global Access cable will be ready for service by the end of January 2017. The 2,300km cable linking New Zealand and Australia is a joint project between Spark NZ and Vodafone with a minority investment from Telstra. When complete, the TGA will add capacity to the Southern Cross Cable Network which […] Comments (Comments)

Commerce Commission loosens rules on selling old-style telephone calls
Posted on 26-Sep-2016 10:11Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark’s wholesale voice services are set to be deregulated as the Commerce Commission tidies up outdated telecommunications rules. Wholesale voice provides, in effect, what older people would recognise as traditional telephone calls on digital lines. Regulation is no longer necessary now that broadband networks cover 97 percent of landlines and offer easy competitive alternatives to Spark’s […] Comments (Comments)

Facebook not the media messiah
Posted on 25-Sep-2016 11:50Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For years publishers, broadcasters and anyone else in the media business have wondered if Facebook could be their salvation. The old publishing business model has crumbled. Building mass audiences with entertainment or information then selling advertising no longer delivers rivers of gold. Some saw Facebook as an answer. Perhaps not the answer, the question is […] Comments (Comments)

Leica Camera and Huawei Establish New R&D Center
Posted on 25-Sep-2016 11:47Tags News, Consumer Electronics

The "Max Berek Innovation Lab" will conduct R&D in the fields of new optical systems, computational imaging, virtual reality and augmented reality. Comments (Comments)

Oracle World 2016 showcases new products and solutions
Posted on 25-Sep-2016 11:44Tags News, Computing

At OpenWorld 2016 Oracle unveiled new products, solutions and partnership opportunities to help its customers transition to the cloud in faster, simpler and more cost effective ways. Comments (Comments)

Parrot announces Parrot Disco
Posted on 25-Sep-2016 11:38Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Parrot has announced the launch of the Parrot Disco, an easy-to-fly fixed-wing drone that provides a fully immersive flight experience. Comments (Comments)

Dicker Data NZ Partners with Dell SonicWALL
Posted on 25-Sep-2016 11:33Tags News, Computing

The partnership will see Dicker Data New Zealand become responsible for the distribution of the entire portfolio of SonicWALL solutions. Comments (Comments)

New ways to pay: Bots, tattoos and augmented reality
Posted on 25-Sep-2016 11:30Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Australian and New Zealand developers using Visa APIs to help create new payment solutions. Comments (Comments)

Canon rewards environmental champions
Posted on 25-Sep-2016 11:25Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Canon New Zealand has announce winners of their Canon Environmental Grants Program, revealing three inspiring projects set to receive grants-in-kind to help achieve their sustainability goals. Comments (Comments)

Spark plugs digital divide with low-cost fixed wireless
Posted on 22-Sep-2016 17:35Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At least 5000 struggling families will get subsidised broadband from Spark New Zealand. The families will each get 30GB of data a month for $15 on a pre-paid, no fixed-term Spark Jump contract. The price also includes a modem. Spark will use Skinny Broadband. The company’s no-frills subsidiary offers wireless broadband using the 4G mobile […] Comments (Comments)

Spark launches subsidised broadband to jump Digital Divide
Posted on 22-Sep-2016 14:52Tags News, Broadband

Spark announced today a new social programme to bring heavily subsidised broadband to thousands of New Zealand children whose families cannot afford commercial home broadband services. Comments (Comments)

iPhone 7 Plus review — it’s all about the camera
Posted on 19-Sep-2016 22:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Forget all the nonsense you’ve read about the missing headphone jack. It isn’t important. The key to the iPhone 7 Plus is that it carries a second camera with a telephoto lens. Every new iPhone comes with a camera that is better than the last iPhone. Apple has been relentless when it comes to increasing […] Comments (Comments)

iPhone 7 Plus review — it’s all about the camera
Posted on 19-Sep-2016 20:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Forget all the nonsense you’ve read about the missing headphone jack. It isn’t important. The key to the iPhone 7 Plus is that it carries a second camera with a telephoto lens. Every new iPhone comes with a camera that is better than the last iPhone. Apple has been relentless when it comes to increasing […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft New Zealand announces more keynote speakers for Ignite 2016
Posted on 19-Sep-2016 20:19Tags News, Computing

Microsoft's Ignite NZ 2016 conference is shaping up to be a special selection of technical delights for developers with the announcement of two new speakers to its keynote event line-up, and the first online release of the conference session schedule this week. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft HoloLens to support thyssenkrupp elevators service
Posted on 18-Sep-2016 19:35Tags News, Computing

HoloLens will support technicians prior to and on the job site, significantly reducing service intervention times
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New cancer treatment engineered by kiwi company Buckley Systems
Posted on 18-Sep-2016 19:32Tags News, Computing

Auckland precision electro magnets manufacturer, Buckley Systems is involved in the development and manufacture of the nuBeam proton accelerator machine for an alternative cancer treatment that has been announced overnight in Helsinki, Finland. Comments (Comments)

Timely transforms business with new native iOS app
Posted on 18-Sep-2016 19:31Tags News, Mobile

Apple recently announced that it was working with a small group of service providers to help offer businesses even more innovative mobile solution, with Timely being one of the Apple Mobility Partner. Comments (Comments)

Arbor Networks marks 20 years of DDoS attacks targeting ISP networks
Posted on 18-Sep-2016 19:27Tags News, Security

Despite 20 years of headlines, many businesses today are under-invested and ill-prepared to handle modern DDoS attacks. Comments (Comments)

Epicor Software Corporation releases update to ERP solution
Posted on 18-Sep-2016 19:22Tags News, Computing

Latest Epicor iScala release set to give customers further competitive advantage helping organisations drive global expansion and business growth. Comments (Comments)

Samsung, Apple, Huawei tighten phone market grip
Posted on 17-Sep-2016 18:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At the time choosing Android seemed like a smart choice for phone makers. Many will now regret that decision. Choosing Google’s operating system was a short cut to the market. It saved time and money. A lot of money. It costs at least a billion dollars to build a phone operating system from scratch. Android looked like it […] Comments (Comments)

Spark, Vodafone boost mobile data in tandem
Posted on 16-Sep-2016 15:26Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Aggressive pricing moves from the big mobile carriers.  New Zealand’s two big mobile phone companies; Spark and Vodafone, have increased post-pay mobile data allowances. In terms of dollars per gigabyte the two have almost identical tariffs — compare their open term plans in the table below. Changes to data allowances for the two companies’ 24-month contracts […] Comments (Comments)

Bigpipe to offer gigabit fibre
Posted on 15-Sep-2016 15:56Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Bigpipe will join the gigabit cool kids when faster wholesale services go online next month. Spark’s no-frills ISP says it will offer an unlimited, naked, gigabit plan for $129 a month. Bigpipe says those customers already on the company’s Elite plan, will be upgraded to Gigabit speed free of charge. At present Big Pipe’s Elite plan […] Comments (Comments)

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